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Bulgaria, Germany, France 2018

Synopsis

In a yurt on the snow - covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors.

Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth.

Nanook and Sedna’s traditional way of life starts changing – slowly, but inevitably. The game is disappearing, the animals around them die from inexplicable deaths, and the ice has been melting earlier every year.

Their routine is broken only by the sporadic visits by Chena, a young man who lives in the closest settlement.

When Sedna’s health deteriorates and she eventually dies, Nanook decides to fulfil her last wish and find Ága – their daughter who ran away long ago, abandoning their traditions and choosing to live in the city.

Nanook embarks on a long journey to reunite with his daughter.

Directors Statement

For a long time, I’ve been fascinated how the modern and quickly developing world concerns the small communities; how processes that have nothing in common at first sight, affect fatally the life of entire nations.
My intention with this movie is to look steadily at how the offensive civilization put to proof the conservation of Northern communities. I am interested how these same people, who live in unbearable conditions for the modern man, have succeeded to preserve the delicacy in their interpersonal relations, and to perceive life with smile and sympathy.

Director's Biography

Milko Lazarov is a Bulgarian film director born in 1967. He graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he studied in the class of Prof. Vladislav Ikonomov. He was a lecturer in NATFA’s film department. His feature debut ALIENATION premiered and was awarded at Venice 70’ in the official selection of Venice Days.

Filmography:
2018 - ÁGA
2013 - ALIENATION
2009 - ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, doc
2007 - STEFAN STAMBOLOV, doc
2007 - HRISTO BOTEV, doc
2001 - ERLKOENIG, short
2000 - ROUNDABOUT, short

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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Milko Lazarov

Written by : Milko Lazarov, Simeon Ventsislavov

Produced by : Veselka Kiryakova, Eike Goreczka, Christoph Kukula, Guillaume de Seille

Director of Photography : Kaloyan Bozhilov

Editor : Veselka Kiryakova

Production Design : Ariunsaichan Dawaachu

Costume Design : Vanina Geleva, Daria Dmitrieva

Hair & Make up Artist : Natalya Tomskaya

Composer : Penka Kouneva

Sound Design : Sebastian Schmidt

Special Effects Supervisor: Alexander Kartsov

Main Cast : Mikhail Aprosimov (Nanook), Feodosia Ivanova (Sedna), Galina Tikhonova (Aga)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2018